During a late August meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly showed animated frustration with the U.S. Ambassador, claiming he was at “wits’ end” regarding what is in his view an obvious lack of clarity over Iran’s nuclear pr
Tuesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a Republican, talked about the late August meeting in Israel during an interview with Michigan's WJR radio.
The Obama administration’s support, or lack of it, for Israel, has become a caustic political issue as U.S. elections draw near.
"Right now the Israelis don't believe that this administration is serious when they say all options are on the table, and more importantly neither do the Iranians. That's why the program is progressing," Rogers said, according to a Reuters report.
Oil rich Iran says it is developing nuclear power for peaceful purposes while many Western nations fear Iranians are nearing completion of construction on a nuclear device. Iran has long seethed at Israel, denying the nation has a right to exist.
Rogers believes that if United States does not produce a coherent message on Iranian nukes, including "red lines" on its program, Israel might be compelled to conduct an air strike against Iran.
"The uncertainty about where the United States' position is on those questions has created lots of problems and anxiety that I think doesn't serve the world well and doesn't serve peace well," Rogers said.
Regarding Iran’s ability to deliver a nuclear bomb, Mr. Netanyahu has stated that "if they decide to do the dash it could be four weeks to eight weeks," while U.S. intelligence analysts believe it would "take a little longer than that," Rogers said. "But the problem is nobody really knows for sure."